Welcome to the launch of the Bentley Continental GT, the world’s fastest four seat coupe, the first all-new and unique Bentley design for over 70 years and its most significant new model since the very first Bentley, the 3-litre, was first seen back in 1919.
For Bentley Motors, the Continental GT is more than a product launch as it is symbolic of the change that the company is going through. It is the first offspring of a new family of cars, which delivers unparalleled levels of refinement, craftsmanship and driver involvement - or as Bentley describes this combination, the ultimate British Sporting Grand Tourer.
At the heart of this combination is the company's belief that the car should be excellent in all rational parameters, but more importantly, should adapt itself to the character that the driver chooses. As a British Sporting Grand Tourer, it should have supercar pace, elegance, and exquisite levels of interior accommodation. As a Bentley, it must have all of these strengths and the capability to cover continents with power and comfort in reserve.
Just four years ago, the team at Crewe set out to create something appealing and unique in the marketplace, and crucially, in line with the traditions of Bentley. The aim was not to create a pastiche of the past, but to understand the essence of 'Bentleyness', and then to carry this forward in a new and exciting way. Inspiration was drawn from the milestones of Bentley history, dating back to the 3-litre of 1919, through the R-Type Continental of the fifties and the now legendary Continental R; and the result is clear.
Rather than the customer having to compromise on comfort, luxury or performance, the Continental GT delivers 198mph (318km/h) top speed, prodigious tractability in all conditions, and levels of accommodation and craftsmanship that are typically Bentley - peerless.
The result is the Continental GT, a car that is as competent as a supercar, as versatile as our customers demand, and as expertly hand-crafted as any car from the home of automotive craftsmanship - Crewe, England.
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